Magazine article Screen International

Rush Tops UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Rush Tops UK Box Office

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StudioCanal's F1 biopic overtakes Insidious: Chapter 2 with $2.1m (£1.34m) second weekend; Diana draws $1m (£623k) on debut.

Despite not debuting top last week, Rush has showcased a good engine to take pole position at the UK box office in its second week.

StudioCanal's biopic of the rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda sped to $2.1m (£1.34m), posting the week's highest average of $4,623 (£2,880) in the process. After ten days in play, Rush stands at $7.5m (£4.67m).

Speaking to ScreenDaily, John Trafford-Owen, head of UK theatrical distribution at StudioCanal, said: "To be number one in our second weekend, despite a softer market, is very pleasing and shows what we have always believed - that the word of mouth is proving invaluable for a sustained run in cinemas now, and hopefully for over the coming weeks."EONE

Last week's champion Insidious: Chapter 2 fell steeply in its second weekend - unsurprising for a horror - as it scared up a further $1.7m (£1.1m) through eOne.

James Wan's sequel has now grossed $7.9m (£4.9m) as it attempts to chase down Wan's biggest hit to date, The Conjuring, which currently stands at $16.7m (£10.4m). First in its sights though will be its predecessor's $11.3m (£7.1m) UK haul.

eOne released Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana in 523 sites, resulting in a $1m (£623,051) debut at a somewhat soft $1,912 (£1,191) average. That being said, it does mark Hirschbiegel's best-ever UK opening, topping The Invasion's $374,000 (£232,994) from 301 sites.

However, Diana's opening is behind The Queen's UK bow of $1.4m (£856,273) from 347 sites, on its way to $14.4m (£9m).

Also for eOne, Justin and the Knights of Valour added $823,000 (£512,671) for $2.4m (£1.5m) after ten days in play, as Riddick climbed to $4.3m (£2.7m) following a $209,000 (£130,007) weekend.SONY

Retaining third spot for a second consecutive week, Sony's White House Down held well to record a $1.1m (£710,772) second weekend.

Roland Emmerich's latest has now shot its way to $4m (£2.5m) in its attempt to overhaul Olympus Has Fallen's $9.8m (£6.1m) UK tally.

Despite a new cut released in cinemas, One Direction: This is Us didn't post a boost in its fourth weekend, adding $586,000 (£365,148) for $11.7m (£7.3m) to date through Sony, still around £2.5m away from Michael Jackson's This is It's $15.3m (£9.8m).

Also for Sony, Elysium is edging closer to District 9's $14.4m (£9m) and currently stands at $13.9m (£8.7m).

Released in 79 sites through Sony, Cold Comes the Night could only manage a $7,800 (£4,833) debut.UNIVERSAL

Posting a slim drop of 36% in its third weekend, Universal's About Time fell to fourth as it took $1.1m (£700,000).

Richard Curtis' alleged directorial swansong is now up to $8. …

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